HONG KONG & LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–From spectacular city-wide celebrations to festive family feasts, Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Hong Kong. This year visitors can throw some romantic celebrations into the mix with Valentine’s Day falling on the fifth day of the new year.
Known for its distinctive East-meets-West culture, Hong Kong is an ideal city for couples to create unforgettable travel memories. From exploring the city to creative workshops and dinners at the hottest restaurants, visitors can plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day itinerary in one of Asia’s most romantic cities.
Capture Your Love Story on Camera
Mark the occasion with a couple’s photoshoot, and travel back in time to capture romance of old Hong Kong.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the signature local dai pai dong (open-air food stall), get lost in each other’s eyes while recreating scenes from Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Take your love on the road with a ride on an iconic double-decker Hong Kong tram, where you can cuddle up on the upper level and soak up the historic atmosphere.
At the revitalized Central Market, snap stunning pictures on the grand terrazzo staircase, then stroll over to Hollywood Road or up the steep stone steps of Pottinger Street, one of the city’s oldest lanes, to stately Tai Kwun. At this sprawling Victorian-era heritage complex, steal a kiss in a shady cobbled courtyard.
Craft Sweet Moments Together
Spend a sweet day bonding over one-of-a-kind activities, in which you can create extraordinary gifts commemorating your visit to Hong Kong. Engage in a wide variety of hands-on experiences in town, like bespoke perfume making workshops, neon light art workshops, and rock candy workshops among many others. PAPABUBBLE, the confectionery shop in Tai Hang, promises you a true candy making experience, allowing you to take home a delicious gift for your sweetheart.
Fancy something out in nature? Head to the pearl jewelry-making workshop in Sai Kung. During this exclusive experience, you’ll visit a pearl farm, learn how to cultivate the gems, and create accessories made with freshly harvested pearls.
Indulge in a Taste of Romance
If food is your love language, you’ve come to the right place! Experience Hong Kong’s world-class dining scene with a special Valentine’s Day feast at one of the city’s hottest restaurants.
For authentic Italian fare, look no further than Sabatini Ristorante Italiano in the IFC mall. At the second branch of the acclaimed restaurant in Hong Kong (the first is in the Royal Garden Hotel), a sophisticated atmosphere, live music, sweeping harbor views, and signature dishes like homemade Cavatelli with red prawns await.
Dazzling in every way, Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic sets the benchmark for harborside fine dining on the 44th floor at LANDMARK in the center area of Hong Kong. Enjoy a menu by French celebrity chef Anne-Sophie Pic in an enchanting atmosphere full of Baccarat chandeliers, crystal tiles, mirrors, and glassware.
Watch the sunset over the skyline at the new Mondrian Hong Kong hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, with cocktails like the Clay Pot Negroni at Avoca. For dinner, head upstairs to Carna by Dario Cecchini, a modern Italian steakhouse with palatial Tuscan interiors. If the harbor views don’t take your breath away, Cecchini’s decadent nose-to-tail menu certainly will.
Keep the Celebration Going
The Chinese New Year fun continues until February 24, culminating with the Lantern Festival. In ancient times, the festival was akin to a Chinese Valentine’s Day. Today, it’s a day for loved ones to celebrate and enjoy glutinous rice balls (symbolizing togetherness), decipher riddles on lanterns, and admire the first full moon of the lunar new year. Visitors are welcome to join in the local celebrations, including dragon dances and annual lantern displays.
Ready to celebrate? This is just the beginning. Discover much more during your Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day adventures in Hong Kong.
Senior Manager, PR & Marketing
Hong Kong Tourism Board US